In the time it takes you to read this paragraph, about three students will have dropped out of high school across the country. Approximately 1.2 million students leave school each year without a diploma. These students traditionally do not go on to pursue higher education and will earn substantially less money throughout the course of their lives than those who graduate from high school and move on to college. Perhaps what is most disconcerting is the fact that these students were never inspired and, therefore, never aspired for something more for themselves. Far too often these students felt school wasn’t important, that they couldn’t be successful, or that college just wasn’t a possibility. They failed to see both their potential and promise as graduates.
Early College High School combats low expectations by helping students see themselves as both high school and college graduates. By aligning the high school and higher education curricula, students participate in rigorous coursework that instills in them the skills, knowledge and behaviors necessary to be successful in college. More students pursue a college degree and fewer students drop out of high school. Most importantly, students set new goals for themselves and become inspired to graduate and pursue postsecondary education.